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Old 7th March 2007, 10:29   #16
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lot of word is being said about Fiat A.S.S here, but somehow an observation is that, some owners of Fiat cars that are not handled thru Tata-Fiat alliance are finding better A.S.S than they did 2 years ago. Maybe the low volumes but it is definitely better these days. Infact these Palio D and Petra owners are quite happy with their cars quality and the service provided. Not to mention the delight of using these cars (The petra 1.6, I mean)

Am an extremely , extremely satisfied user of a Fiat Sienna 1.7TD . The car has never broken up till now but the A.S.S of Fiat is still pathetice and am scared to give the cars to Tata Fiat Dealers as they might take my car as the guinea pig and do research on it. I have a very trustworthy 'MyTVS' outlet here in my place and he has taken care of the car till now. Its run 120000km and she still does 130 with ease .
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fiat shd launch disposable cars. use it for 2 years and then junk it. then no a.s.s. will be needed.
lol, brilliant suggestion
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the joke might well be on those of us who are writing of FIAT, or have been doing so for the last three years or so.

But FIAT, seems to be like this persistent fly that just won't buzz off.

They might yet turn around, and well.
Well, the parent company in Italy has already turned around this year. It is supposed to be one of the fastest turnaround story in the auto industry.

Its just a matter of time before the Indian subsidiary turns around. Anyway, Grande Punto looks like a winner to me..
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They have taken over a year (and counting) to launch a revamped Palio. First launch the damn new Palio and then talk about developing all new cars. Besides, IMO, Fiat should work on developing a 800-1000 cc performance bike because by the time the Fiat low cost car comes out, the entry level car in the Indian market would be the Fiesta's, Aveo's, Indigo's, NHC etc.
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Guess they have already turned around here in India, looking outside.
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I think the bosses at Fiat love making announcements especially for India which have little substance. One thing you must admit is that unlike Peugot, Fiat has stayed put even through the most trying times.

The Palio (1.2) is unmatched combination of FE/Stability/Handling/Safety and style. *** is not at all an issue for Pune.

I hope Fiat can really pull up their socks and get their act in place.
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They have taken over a year (and counting) to launch a revamped Palio. First launch the damn new Palio and then talk about developing all new cars. Besides, IMO, Fiat should work on developing a 800-1000 cc performance bike because by the time the Fiat low cost car comes out, the entry level car in the Indian market would be the Fiesta's, Aveo's, Indigo's, NHC etc.
Frankly, IMHO.. Fiat should skip launching the new Palio and move directly to Grande Punto. Otherwise, its gonna end up like the Siena aka Petra launch. They changed the front and the boot design (and the engine?) here too, but I dont think they sold lots of Petra's versus Siena's..
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This has nothing to do with Petra launch... but the poor brand image of FIAT.. Even though FIAT launches "Punto" it will not make wonders unless FIAT gets its A*S*S* and brand image right...

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FIAT should launch new cars not the same palios, petras. Having a good car will solve all their problems.(Ask Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan etc.,).
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FIAT always had a great car for India.... Palio 1.6 GTX when launched was way ahead than other competitors.. They had "odometer" reading problem in that model which spread a fear of low fuel efficiency... It has been corrected in "nv" version of the palio.

Even after launchin the Petra, there were very few guys visiting showrooms.. another bad thing is, FIAT hardly does marketing.... how can a company sale cars without doing ads... Anyways... I pray FIAT this time gets it right....

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Fiat should work on developing a 800-1000 cc performance bike because by the time the Fiat low cost car comes out, the entry level car in the Indian market would be the Fiesta's, Aveo's, Indigo's, NHC etc.
Amit, u actually think thats possible??!! What about the 1 lakh car from TATA?
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.......... FIAT hardly does marketing.... how can a company sale cars without doing ads... Anyways... I pray FIAT this time gets it right....

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For the amount of cars that Honda sells, they dont do any marketing either. On a lighter note, remember the Petra ad where the couple visiting a showroom ask "Can you turn on the engine" and the sales guy says "Its ON". Well looks like He was lying.
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Hi Friends,

Well Palio is going to be the next low cost car for FIAT worldwide, which would be direct compedition to Logan. They intend to launch first in Brazil & latter to China,India & Turkey.

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PARIS (Reuters) - Italy's Fiat said on Thursday it would go ahead with plans to build a low-cost car, joining a growing number of automakers seeking to emulate Renault's success with the Logan.
"This will be our answer to the Logan," Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said in a speech at a ceremony where he received an award.
Marchionne said Fiat would build the car in Brazil and might expand the manufacturing of it to China, India, and Turkey where it has plants.

He said the car would be the successor to the Palio, a cheap model with which Fiat had had success in Brazil, one of its most important markets.

Marchionne reiterated that the car would not be made with Tata Motors,
Fiat's Indian partner that is working on its own low-cost car.

Last week, he had told reporters at the Geneva autoshow that Fiat management was considering the idea of a low-cost car but had yet to make a final decision.

Faced with flat growth and increasing competition in their respective home markets, Fiat and other automakers are expanding in the developing world where markets are growing very fast.
The goal of a low-cost car is to meet growing demand for cheap yet rugged transportation.
France's Renault has had a big hit with the Logan, which costs about 5,000 to 6,000 euros in its most basic form.
Built in Romania at the Dacia subsidiary, the car was intended for developing countries but has become a hit in Europe, too.
Renault aims to launch the next model of the Logan in Brazil towards the end of 2007 before a European launch in 2008.
Japan's Toyota Motor has said it was close to creating a prototype for its own no-frills model, seeing a huge market potential among buyers bent on cheap, basic transportation.
(Additional reporting by Gilles Castonguay in Milan)
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Fiat mulls low-cost brand- to rival Renault's Dacia.



Fiat is considering launching a low-cost sub-brand to rival Renault's Dacia,
If approved, cars for the brand would be built outside of Europe to reduce manufacturing costs.



Among names considered for the brand were Innocenti, an Italian brand Fiat bought in 1990. The brand launched the Innocenti Mini in 1974, styled by Bertone and based on the underpinnings of the original Morris Mini. Other options included names where a combination of letters or numbers linked to the idea of a back-to-basics product, such as ABC or 123

The low-cost brand project is now back on the table to move the Fiat brand more upscale, concentrating on two families of near-premium models based on the iconic 500 and Panda minicars
Other automakers are launching or considering budget brands to meet growth in the segment in emerging markets such as China and India and growing demand for "crisis cars" in austerity-hit Europe

http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dl...#axzz2Jz8UJcft

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After the launch of the Abarth twins, what is next on Fiat India's radar?

According to Motorbash, a senior management official of the company confirmed that they are indeed bringing in a new car very soon!

But it wasn't clear if it was going to be an all-new hatch which will be slotted below the Punto Evo, or it would be a lesser variant for the Punto Evo range.

More importantly, could this be an indication of the return of the Palio brand?

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At the recent press conference of the launch of 145 hp Abarth Punto and Avventura yesterday, we got hold of one senior member of the management who confirmed that the company is planning to bring a new car very soon through a very confusing statement. Here’s what the exact words were:

We are going to bring a car as an entry to the Punto range very shortly and you will receive information about that imminently.

He used the word ‘a car’ and not a variant but the term ‘entry to the Punto range’ is confusing. So are they planning a new lesser variant or an altogether a new car?
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